Stephen E. Strom

Available E-books

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We now have available a selection of ebooks containing individual portfolios. On the iPad the portfolios feature an option to magnify a section of the image by double tapping on the spot you wish to view at larger scale. The PDF portfolios contain neither the magnifier capability nor the videos. The first portfolio can be downloaded at no charge for either format. The other portfolios are available for $1.99 for the epub version or $1.50 for the PDF version through a secure site that takes credit cards. We now have an account at iTunes so you may download using that option if you prefer. At the present time the portfolios available are:

  • Sand Mirrors: a portfolio, contains 44 images, including some images not in the book. This portfolio can be downloaded free in either format.
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  • Living Stone, a portfolio of 30 images of patterns formed by natural forces in exposed stone.
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  • Illusions of Intimacy, a portfolio of 24 images. Recently, I have turned my attention from the macro- to micro- worlds: choosing to image fragments of the desert and seaside beaches that express in their quiet, understated way the same powerful combination of pattern, history and emotion as the grander landscape. Thus this combination of landscapes, sandscapes and sandstone. What I hope to create is what the late essayist Ellen Meloy described as a “geography of infinite cycles, of stolid pulses of emergence and subsidence, which, in terms geologic and human, is the story of the (earth) itself.”
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  • Agaves: Emergence and Transformation, a portfolio of 46 images. The photographs in this portfolio were taken in the days, months and years following the Ryan Fire. At first, fire-scarred Agaves provided the only indication of life on the ash-covered hills. I was drawn to photograph them in part to avert my eyes from a scene that could only be called desolate, and in part to create a memorial to a landscape I had grown to love. The transformations of color and shape wrought by the fire created what to my eyes were life-affirming, evocative patterns.
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Exhibition Catalogs

  • Desert Grasslands, a catalog for the exhibit, Desert Grasslands, which was installed at the Tucson Museum of Art, between January 26 and July 17, 2013. Work by 18 artists was included and examples are provided here as well as artist biographical material and statements.
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Sand Mirrors

cover Sand Mirrors is a marriage of poetry by Zen teacher Richard Clarke and photographs by Stephen Strom. The poems beckon the reader to explore the inner and outer richness of sand and ocean — richness beyond all imagination and dream. It speaks to fleeting and timeless patterns on Northern California and Oregon coasts, and through understated but powerful words, reminds us that all our life is now, and has nothing to do with transience or duration.

The images in Sand Mirrors — which might be called metaphorical photographs — were taken on a variety of beaches located in the Pacific Northwest coasts during 2007-2011. These beaches are notable for their relative isolation, expanse, stark uplifted and eroded rocks, backdrop of richly foliated coastal cliffs, and a variety of sandy minerals.

This book is published in 2 paper editions, a softcover edition and a limited edition which will include a signed print of an image from the book. The softcover version is now available. Please visit the website for the book to learn more about it.

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